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SoloPower's flexible CIGS modules win UL certification

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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SoloPower Inc. has won UL certification for its flexible copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) modules after thorough testing at an independent laboratory. The company said the thin-film modules were certified to be compliant with UL 1703, the standard for PV module manufacturing safety.

The high-power, lightweight, and flexible CIGS modules, which come in an array of form factors, are said to be the first to win UL certification in the PV solar industry. SoloPower is introducing the line to Europe and North America initially. The company said reduced balance-of-system and installation costs, low weight, and features will help make solar installations popular in residential and industrial applications.

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UL-certified flexible copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) modules

The certification test showed that SoloPower's flexible CIGS module exceeded the standards for safety, quality and reliability, the company said in a statement. Dr. Rommel Noufi, principal scientist of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), said, "It is an important milestone for the industry. I feel very gratified to see, after a 30-year career in Thin Film CIGS PV at NREL, the technology become mature." SoloPower was also the first to gain UL certification for its rigid modules based on flexible CIGS PV cells in 2009.

The SoloPower modulesSFX1 (80Wp, 0.3m x 2.9m, 2.3kg /5lbs.), SFX2 (170Wp, 0.3x 5.8m, 3.6kg), and SFX3 (260Wp, 0.9x 2.9m, 6kg)are on display at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Valencia, Spain.

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